Mad Men finale – the cars live on – spoilers redacted

WARNING: Spoilers not ahead anymore. They have all been redacted.

Mad Men has had quite a run. And that was one impressive way to end a perennially impressive show.

I’ll never forget the look on •••’s face when ••••• said, “I •••• you.” And that one last shot that •••• got in on ••• – classic ••••. I’ll miss those jibes. And of course, there was the moment between ••• and ••••• that many will remember as finally summarizing the pith and subtlety of that show we call ••• •••. Makes you think.

And with the end of this slice of American pie, we say goodbye the cars. We say goodbye to the cherry reds, the ragtops, the chrome, the whitewalls, the giant, steel bodies, and the giant, sonorous “CHORNCK” of the closing doors.

Over its 92-episode run, the dramatic TV show has racked up industry award totals of 271 nominations and 93 wins (so far). And in honor of the series finale, we’d like to offer up a list of our three favorite cars from the show, saluting ••• ••••••, or as he is sometimes referred to, •••• •••••••, as he rolls off into the sunset for the last time.

1964 Austin Healy 3000 Mark III BJ8

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This British sports car, one of the “big Healy” models, and built from 1959 to 1967, was a high-powered, classic racer, with a 3-litre, straight-6 engine that performed well under the bonnet of the stylish car, having a curb weight of only 2,550 lbs.

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It made its appearance on the show during the first episode of season 7, driven with flair by the always-elegant Megan Draper, played by Jessica Paré.

1960 Buick LeSabre convertible

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The highly stylized 1960 LeSabre was Buick’s full-size luxury offering and ably ran on a 6.0-L V8, with interior and exterior design that showed some persistent Art Deco sensibility. It was accented with chrome along the sweeping bodylines and Buick’s chrome “VentiPort” portholes that were featured on other contemporary models.

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This was a youthful Don Draper’s car in a short scene from the third episode of the first season.

1970 Chevrolet Vega

A car that has been largely forgotten (which may not be entirely a bad thing), the Chevy Vega is instantly recognizable to Mad Men devotees.

A 1970s print ad for the Chevy Vega. Photo: roadandtrack.com

The Vega was a subcompact that was built (and marketed – nod to the show) from 1970 to 1977, and featured an aluminum-block, inline four-cylinder engine. Interestingly, though the vehicle was plagued with mechanical problems that eventually gave it, and GM, a poor reputation, it was initially well received, capturing the title of 1971 Motor Trend Car of the Year.

The show handled the concept beautifully, setting up our beloved marketing team to have to market a car that we now know would eventually fail, with Don giving the loaded slogan “The future is something you haven’t even thought of yet.” It would seem that if such a slogan were actually used at the time, it would not have been wrong.

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